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Stephen King Says He’ll Help Bookshop Owner Who Lost Rare Collection in a Flood

By January 22, 2018 Bookshops, News

A bookshop owner named Gerald Winters who runs a bookshop in Bangor, Maine was devastated when a burst pipe caused a flood which destroyed over 2,000 books, some of which were rare first editions and included several of King’s original typed manuscripts, including Dolan’s Cadillac and The Eyes of the Dragon. The damage has cost Winters thousands of dollars worth of rare books, not to mention the cost of repairing the store. Luckily, help is at hand.

As PressHerald reports, Stephen King has stated that, as a book lover, he was “horrified” to hear about Winters’ loss and intends to do whatever he can to try and help Winters recover his losses. Winters has spent the past 20 years collecting rare King books along with other notable books such as signed Tolkien editions and signed copies of George R.R. Martin’s books. He opened his store, Gerald Winters & Son, in King’s hometown of Maine in 2016.

As Winters said: “You can’t replace this stuff,” but it looks like King’s help may go a long way in helping Winters rebuild his collection. No doubt King will call in a few favours and have some more rare items make their way to Winters.

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